Dino Piana

Dino Piana, Valve trombone
Enrico Rava, Flugelhorn
Franco Piana, Flugelhorn
Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Piano
Gabriele Evangelista, Double bass
Roberto Gatto, Drums



Produced by Jando Music and Fondazione Musica per Roma - Parco della Musica Records
All tracks recorded between the 19th and 20th of December 2019 by Ascanio Cusella at Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome

The new release by Jando Music and Parco della Musica Records, is an affectionate expression of esteem towards a lifetime friend, the trombonist Dino Piana, defined by Enrico Rava, who promoted the project together with Dino's son Franco Piana , "One of the greatest Italian jazz players, one of the most loved and most requested in Europe, one of the historical fathers of modern jazz in Italy and a source of inspiration for all young trombonists in the years to come".

The title "Al gir dal bughi" (harmonic loop of Boogie Woogie) comes from a real event, their first meeting during a jam session that took place more than sixty years ago, in which they started playing and Piana made the first solo revealing himself "something extraordinary, with a fluidity and a logic that left us stunned. Another planet". From this moment a friendship was born that reaches up to today and that also transpires in this record, produced by Jando Music & Parco della Musica Records, in which some immortal standards of jazz are interpreted. From Bernie's Tune to Polka Dotz and Moonbeams and Everything Happens to Me. Dino Piana, Enrico Rava and Franco Piana are accompanied by an exceptional rhythm section led by Roberto Gatto on drums with Gabriele Evangelisti on double bass and Julian Oliver Mazzariello on piano.

Turin 1958. We were not yet in our twenties and we were crazy about jazz. Naïve amateurs and a bit awkward, we did jam sessions every Sunday morning, never missed even one, in the ex alumni hall of San Giuseppe. A prestigious school that had witnessed two of my unenthusiastic and distracted student years. One morning, we were just about to start, when a young fellow appeared, about ten years older than us, with a beautiful intense face and chain smoker eye bags, along with his brother who was carrying a valve trombone for him, with no case. Timidly he says: «Do you mind if I play a few tunes with you?». «With pleasure» I answer. We warm up the instruments a bit, we tune. «Will you give me an A?». So just the whole ritual, by the book. «What are we playing?» «How about a blues in F?». At that point the newbie, with a worried look and in Piedmont dialect with a strong Asti accent: «Coa l’è l’blues?» (what is blues?). Smirks and ironic looks among the rest of us – here’s the fool – and then Maurizio, the piano player, plays the blues chord for him. The trombone player’s face lit up and, now calm, turns to his brother and says: «A l’è a‘l gir dal bughi!» [it’s the harmonic progression of Boogie Woogie]. Various snickering. Then we start playing and he plays the first solo, and it’s extraordinary, with such fluidity and logic that leave us astounded. A whole other planet. That is Dino Piano and within two years he would become one of the biggest Italian jazz players, one of the most cherished and requested in Europe, one of the founding fathers of modern jazz in Italy and an inspiration for all young trombone players for years to come. Even today, in his 90s, making music with him is one of the biggest pleasures of life. But most importantly that morning, 62 years ago, I met the person who then became my dearest friend.
Enrico Rava

On sale at the Auditorium Bookshop and at major Italian music stores

Track 1 When Lights are Low 7’46
Soloists: Enrico Rava, Dino Piana, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Benny Carter and Spencer Williams, published by Bee Cee Music Company (ASCAP) and Colgems EMI Music Inc. (ASCAP)

Track 2 Bernie’s Tune 7’56
Soloists: Dino Piana, Enrico Rava, Gabriele Evangelista, Franco Piana
by Jerry Leiber (BMI), Bernard Miller (BMI) and Mike Stoller (BMI), published by Atlantic Music Corp. (BMI);

Track 3 Polka Dotz and Moonbeams 8’22
Soloists: Dino Piana, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Johnny Burke (ASCAP) and Jimmy Van Heusen (ASCAP), published by Bourne Co. (ASCAP), Marke Music Publishing Co. Inc. (ASCAP), My Dad’s Songs Inc. (ASCAP), Pocketful of Dreams Music Publisher (ASCAP) and Reganesque Music Company (ASCAP);

Track 4 Rhythm a Ning 4’39
Soloists: Dino Piana, Franco Piana, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Thelonious S. Monk (BMI) and published by Thelonious Music Corp. (BMI);

Track 5 I’ll Close My Eyes 8’05
Soloists: Dino Piana, Enrico Rava, Julian Oliver Mazzariello, Franco Piana
by Red Rowe (ASCAP), published by Universal Songs of Polygram International Inc. (BMI);

Track 6 When Will the Blues Leave 5’47
Soloists : Enrico Rava, Dino Piana,Franco Piana, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Ornette Coleman (ASCAP), published by Songs of Concord (ASCAP);

Track 7 Everything Happens to Me 8’12
Soloists: Dino Piana , Franco Piana (Dialogue),
by Thomas Montgomery Adair (ASCAP) and Matt Dennis (ASCAP), published by Music Sales Corp. (ASCAP);

Track 8 Dear Old Stockholm 6’27
Soloists: Enrico Rava, Dino Piana, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Anders Fryxell;

Track 9 Line for Lions 7’25
Soloists: Dino Piana, Enrico Rava, Julian Oliver Mazzariello
by Gerry Mulligan (ASCAP), published by Criterion Music Corp. (ASCAP).



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